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West Indies cricketer Carlos Brathwaite celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan © AFP

Marlon Samuel’s heroic century went in vain as a visiting West Indies team lost the third and final One-Day International(ODI) at Pallekele against the hosts Sri Lanka. A rain curtailed match permitted only with 36 overs for both the sides. The hosts played their 32.3 overs to score 180/5 as it started drizzling again and the umpires decided to call it a day. Sri Lanka went on to win the match as per Duckworth-Lewis method with a margin of 19 runs and hence picked up the series for a clear 3-0 not letting the visitors win a single match. SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2015, 3RD ODI at Pallekele

Samuels smashed an unbeaten 110 to guide the West Indies to a competitive 206-9. Samuels, 34, anchored the innings with his 95-ball knock, hitting one six and 15 fours in the day-night game. The visitors, who lost the first two ODIs, were off to a disastrous start after being put in to bat at the Pallekele stadium. Paceman Lasith Malinga (2-43) tasted success in the first over, having opener Johnson Charles caught off the fourth ball by Tillakaratne Dilshan. Andre Fletcher (six) was trapped leg before off Suranga Lakmal while Dilshan took another catch off Malinga to send back Jermaine Blackwood. Marlon Samuels century guides West Indies to 206/9 in 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele

Denesh Ramdin lobbed a short ball from Dushmantha Chameera to wicketkeeper Perera who lunged forward to complete a neat catch and leave West Indies reeling at 18-4. Samuels then rebuilt the innings almost single-handedly, reaching his second successive half-century and ninth ODI ton in the process.  Sri Lanka had swept the preceding Test series 2-0.